The General Assembly is the governing body of the whole church and the highest court of appeal in judicial matters. It consists of approximately 150 voting commissioners, including the moderator and stated clerk of the previous assembly and ministers and ruling elders commissioned by their presbyteries. The 83nd GA is called to meet at Sandy Cove Conference Center, North East, Maryland, from June 8–14, 2016. Click on one of the links below to read more.
General Assembly papers are thoughtful and weighty treatises on important matters but do not have the force of constitutional documents, namely, our Confession of Faith and Catechisms and Book of Church Order.
The Standing Rules and Instruments provide the procedural framework for meetings of the General Assembly (PDF—works best in Internet Explorer or Safari, or for easier navigation, download and open in Acrobat).